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To the editor: We want to congratulate Genoa on its victory over Woodmore Friday. What is upsetting are actions of two Genoa coaches who were in the coach’s box during the game. We have never heard such a display, including language from opposing fans or coaches. They screamed from the kick-off to the end, not only at the refs but remarks were made frequently about our players and fans.

Our open box is at the top of our stands in the reserved seating section. We all have sat here for years and never have experienced such an ugly display of sportsmanship as from these two. A Genoa fan stood up and said they were tired of listening to their rantings/name calling and wanted them to leave. If this is what coaches are teaching our kids, should we be worried?

We can say our Woodmore coaches teach sportsmanship and more importantly respect – something we didn’t see from either of these two coaches. It was the most disgusting thing we have seen from an opposing coach ever. Our athletic director was called up three times and he had to ask them to stop.

These coaches’ actions are a reflection of the team, fans and community and they both should be reprimanded just like parents are when they act like that. These coaches shouldn’t be allowed to coach until they can conduct themselves in such a manner worthy of the title.

Ken and Kelly Baumgartner, Woodville
Dave and Suzette Netcher, Elmore
Don and Jill Bensch, Elmore
Donna Sandwisch, Woodville
Tim Shirer, Elmore
JJ Gruelich, Woodville
Carrie Kutchenider, Woodville
Monte and Missy Porter, Woodville

Help is needed
To the editor: We were lucky two weekends ago. Had the storm moved just 80 miles east we
would have flooded again.

This is a reminder of a problem that has not had one shovel of dirt moved to correct. We do not need to hear about some faceless, nameless bureaucrat that will arrest you for cleaning up the obstructions restricting the Portage River, we need leadership that will get the job done. If it will help, give me the title of this bureaucrat who seems to me like the Wizard of Oz guy, and we will showcase his inability to correct the situation.

I submitted this letter to the county commissioners April 2, 2008:

This resident of Pemberville, Ohio believes that you must be made aware of conditions and facts that must be addressed and acted upon.

The village of Pemberville is the choking point for the Portage River watershed. This condition is the result of several factors that lie beyond the scope of a quick fix. In recent years, severe flooding has caused repeated property damage in the village. This flooding is not caused by extreme weather conditions, but by the increased volume of run-off from tiled fields, rural and urban development within the Portage watershed.

Nearly every drop of water that makes it into Lake Erie from the Portage watershed must exit through four bridges in the Village of Pemberville.

The Pemberville village government its many sub committees, and departments consist of well meaning citizens who serve because of a sense of duty and community service. These wonderful people are not schooled professionals in the craft of political maneuvering. They are operating by the guidelines and mandates of county, state and federal agencies. As it pertains to the flooding situation, it is my opinion these nonprofessionals are wasting time and resources filling out never to be read forums, gathering criteria for pointless studies, jumping through all the hoops and following rules and procedures established and directed by unseen, unknown and unaccountable bureaucratic project coordinators.

If, somewhere in the halls, committee rooms, and secret caverns of government there is some appointed bureaucrat needing documentation, stating that a flood condition exists in the village; I will vigorously provide him/her with hours upon hours of news footage and personal video.

Additionally, I will supply reports and records from various state, county, township and village agencies to answer questions or confirm facts as they pertain to the true high water condition of the Portage watershed problem.

At last week’s council meeting it was said by a board member that a mandated two-year study will cost the village $230,000. This study is merely to provide someone with data that certifies our high-water condition. This foolish study is two years of expensive non-productive effort being forced upon the village’s limited resources. As any fifth-grader can put into plain words, the village floods because more water is coming in than going out.

There are only two options to resolve this problem:

1) Build a dam to decrease the volume of water coming into town.

2) Remove the restrictive built up of sediment, and other foreign material that currently blocks the Bierley Street Bridge and the C&O Railroad Bridge 200ft. down stream. Thus restoring the flow of exiting water to the bridges’ original design parameters.

It must be understood that the volume of water being forced through these two bridges today, is greater than when the bridges were designed and built decades ago.

I feel it is the duty of Corps of Engineers to bear the costs of any studies they deem necessary. The state, the county, the township and village should carry a minimal percentage of this imposed cost. A long-term plan to prevent flooding cannot take a long time to organize nor implement. To stall or wait will not allow this problem to float away.

What I have suggested in regards to removing the restrictive foreign matter near the two bridges is not the only cure for the problem. It would however; be a swift positive cost effective step in the right direction. Perhaps these bridge area circumstances would be an ideal weekend training exercise for the local Army Guard 416 Engineer Unit?

Anyone can see that we citizens need the aid of professional politicians to cut through the quagmire of red tape. I, as a common man, ask for your assistance in working for the citizens of Pemberville Ohio in resolving the flooding issue as quickly as possible.”
Gene S. Steele
To the editor:  In a previous letter, the issue about the drinking age was brought up.

The writer stated that “100 of the nation’s most popular universities were calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, suggesting that current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on college campuses.” There is no way that the lawmakers will consider lowering the drinking age. It’s preposterous and completely irresponsible. If the students are drinking dangerously with the drinking age at 21, think of how it would be if the drinking age was 18.

The underclassmen in college are between the ages of 18 and 20 and are not legally allowed to drink. If the drinking age is lowered, all the underclassmen would be able to drink legally, which would divert them from their studies.

I strongly recommend not lowering the drinking age so that nobody will get hurt or be in danger of getting hurt.

Ben Wilson

A caring city
To the editor: I was amazed how well the city of Toledo came together to help out at the site of the Extreme Makeover house.

It truly shows how generous people can be when they have the opportunity to take part in making a difference in another family’s life. Neighbors of the Frisch family gave up their yards and parts of their houses to give more space to the Extreme Makeover crew. Spectators brought in donations to ship to Haiti, and more than enough people volunteered to bring in food and drinks for the volunteers.

People of all ages helped make this amazing project a reality. Even people who didn’t know the family personally were helping out in any way that they could.

This experience showed how people can come together to help out a very deserving family when the opportunity is there. The people who volunteered their time and made donations helped more than just the Frisch family. They helped many families in Haiti that are in need of clothes and many other important things needed to survive.

I’m very proud of how caring Toledo has proven to be, and if anything like this ever comes up again, I hope we can do it all over again.

Rebecca Avery

Better school system
To the editor: I admit I don’t know much about politics, levies and taxes, however, I know a lot about being a mom.  Like most moms I want the best for my children - a nice community to live in, supportive church and exceptional schools.  We found all of this when we moved to Genoa five years ago.  I had planned to send my children to Catholic school.   We visited and talked to several schools.  We chose Genoa because they made us feel like our child was important to them.    The teachers and administration have lived up to the commitment made to our family.  They have exceeded our expectations and we made the right choice for our children.  I am making an appeal to all voters to vote yes for Genoa schools.  No matter what season of life you are in - whether you do not have children yet, have a family, or you already have grandchildren - by supporting the school system you support our community.  It’s my opinion that a community is only as good as its school system.  I want all children to have the best environment possible so they can take full advantage of their education.  Like everyone else, I am bombarded with causes and people that want my hard earned money.  When a school system is asking us to spend a little more money to benefit the education of our children and the working conditions of our teachers, how can we say no?   I can rest assured knowing that the tax money that I contribute is going for a great cause - our children.  This election is the last chance for our community to take advantage of the state funding (almost 75 percent of the total) to make our school system even better.

Julie Simmons

Evidence is clear
To the editor: Just a quick note to thank you for your editorial opposing the proposal to lower the legal drinking age to 18.

You touched on many valid points that we are working on a statewide level to reinforce in this debate. The evidence is overwhelmingly clear that since the legal drinking age was raised to 21, alcohol-related deaths and injuries (not just vehicle-related) have decreased dramatically. Science shows that the brain is still developing throughout the teen years and into the early 20s, making drinking at a younger age developmentally crippling and likelier to lead to a lifelong addiction. And there are piles of statistics that show that other countries, with legal drinking ages of 18 or even younger, are having greater difficulties with their youth and alcohol than the United States. With all of this evidence easily at hand, how can anyone argue for lowering the drinking age?

I am convinced that the large number of presidents who support the Amethyst Initiative do so just to alleviate responsibility. If the activity is not illegal, they do not have to worry about policing their campuses. However, I would predict that lowering the legal drinking age will actually have the adverse effect of increasing problems on college campuses, and you were also right in saying that it will just exacerbate the problem in the high schools as well. Which ultimately means more troubles for our communities.

And truthfully…we have our hands full already.

Tana M. Schiewer, Executive Director
Oregon Community and Family Coalition




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